This single interview with Tracy DiNunzio, founder of Tradesy, was recorded in three short parts. You can:
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Now, on to this episode’s guest…
Tracy DiNunzio is a killer. She’s the self-taught founder and CEO of Tradesy.com, which has taken off like a rocket ship. She’s raised $13 million from investors including Richard Branson, Kleiner Perkins, and yours truly, and board members include the legendary John Doerr. Tradesy is on a mission to make the resale value of anything you own available on demand. Their tagline is “cash in on your closet.”
Tracy is in the trenches 24/7, making it the perfect time to ask her… How has she created such high-velocity growth? How did she recruit the investors she did? What’s been her experience as a female founder? What are her biggest mistakes made and lessons learned? This multi-part series, fueled by wine, will answer all this and more.
Even if you have no desire to start your own company, this 3-part series will get you amped to do big things.
This episode touches on a lot of cool stuff. It’s a mini-MBA in entrepreneurship, hustle, and tactics.
Scroll below for all show notes. Tons of amazing links and goodies…
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Show Notes and Select Links from the Episode
- Tracy DiNunzio’s unlikely resume
- How her business model reflects her lifestyle, and why that’s intentional
- How another startup (and her bootstrapping) helped her find her husband
- The story of bootstrapping her first company, Recycled Bride, and how she traded skills for food
- Why the current day is the best (and worst time) to start an online company
- How she funded and launched Tradesy
- Why she chose venture capital rather than continuing to bootstrap
- The trade-offs — the cons — of venture capital
- Common mistakes Tracy made when she began pitching to investors
- How the rules of dating apply to pitching investors
- The creative way she found her CTO and technical co-founder… on Craigslist
- Addressing the pink elephant in the room — What’s her experience as a woman in the tech start-up world?
- The “Hail, Mary” that kept Tradesy going before its upswing
- What attracted iconic investors like Sir Richard Branson and John Doerr to Tradesy
- How to spend 13 million dollars without blowing it
- Numerous resources for would-be entrepreneurs
- Tracy’s advice to anyone who is unhappy in their current career
LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Visit the Tim Ferriss Book Club to find a new book each month (or so) that’s changed my life
- My book selection on Audible
- Learn more about Shima-uta (The Boom song)
- Get more information about Rokudenashi Blues
- Check out the deals I’m involved with in the startup world
- Learn more about Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Block 6 Shiraz Vintage 2010 and other wines by Kay Brothers
- More info about Chromatik
- Learn more about Big Frame
- Get more information about ChowNow
- Listn – Listen to your friends’ music for free
- Venture Hacks
- Angel List
- Learn more about Randy Komisar
- Jobs at Tradesy
- Tradesey iPhone App
- Tradesey on Facebook
- Tracy DiNunzio on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
Books Mentioned in the Episode
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries
- The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What startup resources (books, articles, interviews) have you found most helpful or inspiring? Please share in the comments!
Posted on: September 30, 2014.
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